Goodbye pointless gifts, hello experience of a lifetime
Let's be honest, buying gifts for blokes can be tricky. Socks, jocks and BBQ cutlery sets don't always cut it.
Good people of Melbourne, stop trawling the internet for pointless bloke presents, when your home city offers something much better; the gift of an experience.
The excitement of opening a physical gift is one thing, but the gift of an experience goes a much further. Offer your bloke or male friend the chance to take-away a long lasting memory, with one of the following 6 Melbourne experience gifts for blokes.
1. Escape Rooms
If you've not heard of an escape room experience before, think of it as a thrilling live puzzle game.
Book a team into one of Melbourne's many Escape Room's and you are all locked inside for a period of time (usually 60-70 minutes), in which you must work together to solve puzzles to eventually 'escape'.
If your bloke loves cars, then it's fair to say, he'll love the gift of a Rally Driving Experience in Melbourne. Drives take place on a rally dirt track in Werribee, where your bloke will get behind the wheel of Impreza WRX or Lancer Evo. After 8 laps, he will sit back and hang on while a professional hops behind the controls for a final thrilling lap.
Book your bloke on a half-day or full-day rally driving course in the Australian Rally Championship 4WD Turbos with Adrenaline.
3. Shark Dive Xtreme or Penguin Passport at Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium
Who says you need to fly to South Australia to experience a shark dive? If your bloke enjoys scary but exciting experiences with nature's deadliest, he can join a shark dive right here in Melbourne.
Sea Life Melbourne Aquarium offers Shark Dive Xtreme; the city's only opportunity to enjoy the underwater habitat of one of the world's most frightening and toothiest critters.
No dive experience is necessary, plus you can enjoy your bloke's experience with him, viewing his swim with the sharks from the underwater viewing tunnel.
This particular tour hits 4-5 urban breweries around Melbourne's inner suburbs. Tastings include interesting flavoured beers (bacon beer anyone?), refreshing ales, crisp lagers, aged ales, single batch brews and more.
Reserve your foodie bloke a table at one of the city's most sought after restaurants at Crown; Dinner by Heston Blumenthal.
Dinner by Heston Blumenthal
British chef Heston Blumenthal, famed for his inventive, artistic cuisine seen on his TV show Heston's Feasts, opened his Melbourne restaurant last year.
Although your bloke won't see the famous chef in action, he will get to taste Heston's modern menu, inspired by the rich gastronomic history of The Royal Courts of Britain, dating back as far as the 13th century.
Book as far in advance as possible, because as you can imagine, tables at Dinner by Heston Blumenthal book out very quickly. Book HERE.
7. Street Art Tour
Street art in Melbourne goes way beyond graffiti in Hosier Lane, afterall, there's a reason why Melbourne is known as one of the top cities for street art in the world.
Treat your bloke to a street art tour with Melbourne Street Tours; the only street art tour group in Australia run by street artists.
Street art tours uncover the cities hidden laneways and arcades, and identify who the artists of the street works are and the technical aspects are involved in spray painting, stencil art and paste-ups.